Facebook Edge Rank Defined

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Oct 22, 2010

Well, you can’t really calculate it yet like Google Page Rank, but you can at least know what facebook is looking for from your wall posts and page posts when “it” (the facebook system) decides what posts of yours will be visible to your friends in the “Top News” area and/or the “Most Recent” area. And, unknown to many as I come to find, many of your posts are probably not even seen by your facebook friends…even if they click the “Most Recent.” Here’s a good description of Edge Rank and a couple of diagrams to go along with it. Thanks to Mari Smith for presenting it.

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And, here’s a great article describing a test that was run over a period of weeks to essentially get better Edge Rank, although, they termed it more as just experimenting on what it takes to get more people to see your posts. But, it’s Edge Rank none-the-less. Thanks to Cindy Rold for posting it on facebook.

The two just seemed like a perfect match for each other on this post to bring it all together. Plus, I just wanted to put both of these resources here in one place so I could refer to it later.

Contact Facebook Support

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Oct 20, 2010

As your facebook profile or fan pages get more attention, you’re going to eventually have something go wrong with your facebook account and you’ll be searching forever for support of a facebook help issue.

Facebook might accuse you of being a spammer or one of your facebook “friends” might even turn you in by reporting you as an abusive wall poster. Maybe you just want to get your main facebook name changed and you know you can only change it once, which you’re already done.

There are countless reasons why you will eventually need to contact facebook customer service eventually. And, like many web-based systems of today, there is not a phone number to be found anywhere for support help. No, facebook supports its system entirely through support forms…dozens of them! If you have a facebook issue, use this resource for facebook support forms featuring 120 forms to use for your specific facebook support issue.

This Domain Name Scam Never Quits

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Oct 11, 2010

Just a quick note that this domain name scam continues to propogate. First time I saw it was last year but there are postings all over the Internet about this domain name scam. Here’s the question that came in from one of my clients:

“I need some advice from someone who knows more than I do about these things. As you can see below a company, which we cannot find out anything about, is about to use my domain all over Asia. At the moment and in the near future I do not plan to go to Asia with my work, however I am thinking that to say nothing could be a problem for me. Do you have any thoughts?”

And, here was the email she received. For her privacy, I kept the domain name out, but the message is important to identify with in case you get one too:

Dear President,

We are the department of Asian Domain registration service in china. we have something need to confirm with you. we formally received an application on October 7, 2010. one company which called “Sitar Holding Inc.” are applying to register “herdomainname” as Brand name and the following Domain Names:

After our initial examination, we found that the Domain Names applied for registration are as same as your company’s name and trademark. these days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. if your company has not authorized the aforesaid company to register these, please contact us as soon as possible.
In addition, we hereby affirm that our time limit is 7 workdays. if your company files no reply within the time limit, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by “I’ve removed the company name so as not to give them any more publicity!”.

I found a very interesting blog post about this issue that was posted back in 2008. Amazing that it’s still relevant today.

So, there you go. If you get an email like this, don’t worry about it. It’s a scam. And, I support the blog post’s mentioning that the most important domain names you need to own are still your .com, .org, .net, .us, and maybe squeeze in a .co if you have some cents still in your budget. Beyond those, you really don’t need to worry about registering multiple out-of-country domains unless of course you are in another country than the U.S.